GoBookMe.com.au – Win the style awards in a classic 80s Trophy Jacket

Cool white: Penelope Cruz

You may have heard: Trophy Jackets — the ones you wear indoors for work and cocktails, round-necked, neat and cropped, maybe with gold buttons, the sort of jackets everyone wore in the 1980s to get from A to B, work to weddings — are back to help spruce up the clothes you’re already wearing.

More dressy than the average jacket, the Trophy — whether black and paired with jeans and pearls (which is how Rihanna was wearing hers out on the town the other night), or buttoned-up blue tweed with a matching skirt and heels (one of Kate Middleton’s go-to looks) — just can’t help being chic. That is if you follow some rules.

There’s another boxy tweedy jacket out there that will make you look like a boarding school headmistress circa 1970, so it’s important to get the details right. Key to keeping the Trophy Jacket cool and contemporary is fabric and cut.

Tweed: Jenna Coleman

You may have heard: Trophy Jackets — the ones you wear indoors for work and cocktails, round-necked, neat and cropped, maybe with gold buttons, the sort of jackets everyone wore in the 1980s to get from A to B, work to weddings — are back to help spruce up the clothes you’re already wearing. Left: Cool white: Penelope Cruz, right: Tweed: Jenna Coleman

The fabric should be reasonably substantial, either tweed or wool, so it holds its shape. Then it must fit on the shoulders (light shoulder pads will help give it structure, though it is not a quarterback-shoulder moment) and finish between the top of your hip and your waist.

If it’s too roomy, floppy and bottom covering it won’t do its job and you’ll end up looking drab and frumpy.

Because this jacket is cropped, it’s important to wear it with this season’s high-waisted looser-fit trousers, high-waisted skirts, or dresses.

In Zara last week I watched a woman, encouraged by her twentysomething daughters, slip a navy Trophy Jacket with gold engraved buttons and two patch pockets (£69.99, zara.com) over a fit-and-flare shirt dress and, just like that, her casual sunny day look was given a nip and tuck, office-ready boost.

Otherwise, what looks modern now is wearing a tweed jacket with a white T-shirt or a tonal tie-neck silky blouse, dark denim trousers or a smart drawstring ponte jersey trackpant. The young and the leggy might be wearing theirs with matching minis (yes the miniskirt suit is back), but we’re getting our contemporary twist from different combinations and colour.

TROPHY JACKETS: THE NEW RULES 

  • Gold buttons are back
  • Keep it cropped above the hip
  • Try colourful tweed
  • A stand-up collar smartens the look

Apart from the plain navy one, Zara has many variations, from a scarlet cropped-to-the-waist style with a stand-up collar and black trim (£79.99) to a double-breasted jacket that ends on the hip (£69.99).

By the way, it’s important to try these jackets before you buy, as some are very skimpy — you may need to go up a couple of sizes.

Flying off the rails (don’t worry, more deliveries on the way) is Zara’s boxy, collared cardigan style in ribbon- striped multicolours on a black background (£89.99). This has candy pink, olive, raspberry, blue and yellow in the mix so you can wear it with, or over, pretty much anything and the collar and frayed edges give it a new, less formal twist which would work well with smart, tailored trousers.

For more classic styles, Mango does one in houndstooth tweed with four pockets and gold buttons (£69.99, mango.com). Another can’t-go-wrong option is H&M’s boucle jacket in white with black edging and welt front pockets (£39.99, 2.hm.com).

Mango’s smartest offering (£59.99, johnlewis.com) is frog- green tweed with flap pockets, gold buttons, bracelet sleeves and, just in case you’re in any doubt about the style points of this look, it’s called Wintour — after the editor of American Vogue, presumably. A Trophy Jacket is one of Wintour’s signatures, along with the fringed bob and oversize sunglasses.

If you want to hedge your bets, somewhere between an upmarket cardi and a jacket is Me+Em’s fitted boucle knit jacket (£195, meandem.com). This one is slightly less structured and has a V-neck, which makes it more casual.

Zara has several longer tweed jackets, but if you’re going in that direction I’d avoid tweed and find yourself a fitted wool blazer. They’re less bulky and less liable to tip you into matronly territory.

If the whole Trophy thing isn’t for you, then you can pass on it and opt for a different smart jacket. I’m still much more drawn to blazers and there are plenty of those around, including a green velvet one that is in hot demand (£89.99 zara.com). More of those later.

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